HIKES ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
BEACHES & GLACIERS
HIKES ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
7 Day tour from $1,978
VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA
BEACHES & GLACIERS 14/ 24 JUN - 15/ 22 JUL - 12/ 19 AUG - 09 SEP

Vancouver Island offers incredible choices of day hikes. Among the rewards awaiting hikers are ancient rainforests, wildflower meadows, blue alpine lakes, glaciers and cascading waterfalls.

During this guided camping tour trails range from easy walks on the beach to demanding full-day alpine treks. You have the benefit of hiking with an expert who knows the terrain in all kinds of weather and trail conditions and has information on the local history, flora and fauna.

Tour Highlights
  • WILDLIFE OBSERVATION (WHALES, SEA LIONS, SEALS AND EAGLES)
  • KAYAKING IN CLAYOQUOT SOUND
  • ALL TRANSFERS INCLUDED

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA

  • When
    :

    14/ 24 JUN – 15/ 22 JUL – 12/ 19 AUG – 09 SEP

  • What
    :

    HIKING AND WALKING, NATURE AND WILDLIFE

     

Itinerary

This morning you meet your guide as arranged at a hotel in downtown Vancouver or at noon in downtown Victoria. You board the mini bus for the drive to the ferry terminal and the 90 minute crossing to Vancouver Island.

Lunch (not included) is by the picturesque Inner Harbour in Victoria and now it is off to your first campground under giant cedar trees by the beach.

The 47 km (29 mi) shoreline park along the south western edge of Vancouver Island is designed as a wilderness hiking trail. It is an extension of the famous West Coast Trail but not quite as remote and rugged.

The isolated beaches can be accessed by several trailheads and make it possible to choose from easy, moderate or strenuous day hikes. After consulting the tides table the guide decides which part of the beach to hike; suggested for this afternoon is an excursion to hidden pools and waterfalls.

Dinner is by the campfire and hopefully you will see a spectacular ocean sunset.

Hiking time 3 to 4 hours.

Botanical Beach has one of the most unique and richest tidal areas long Canada’s west coast. There are tide pools with purple and orange starfish, urchins, sea anemones and cucumbers, shoreline trails with fantastic geological formations of shale and quartz.

So many impressions, so many photo opportunities during today’s outing of up to 20 km (12.5 mi). You have a good chance to see marine wildlife like whales, sea lions, seals and eagles.

Hiking time 4 to 7 hours.

Depending on the tide chart there are further parts of the beach and reef shelves to explore, always the views of the Olympia Mountains across Juan de Fuca Strait.

Late afternoon you move to the eastern shore of Vancouver Island. The new campground (showers) features majestic old growth forest of Douglas firs and a wide sandy beach near the city of Parksville.

Hiking time 2 to 4 hours.

Some of the best wilderness hiking on Vancouver Island is among the glaciated peaks of the Central Island. Strathcona Park was created in 1911 for those who seek adventure in remote alpine surroundings.

You can reach the “Forbidden Plateau” via several routes. A 15 km loop trail near Mt. Washington starts already at the 1100 m (3665 ft) level and offers panoramic views over southern BC.

Hiking time 5 hours.

For your next adventure you will explore the quiet inlet waters and ancient coastal rainforest of Clayoquot Sound in 2-person ocean kayaks. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. Route planning is chosen with both the novice and advanced paddlers in mind and with 1 kayak guide for every 6 participants.

Starting in Tofino early afternoon you make your way to the shores of Meares Island for a break to go on a short hike under the giant cedars while the guide introduces you to the natural and cultural history of the island.

Then you paddle across an inlet and past a Native village and by late afternoon arrive at your overnight camp on Vargas Island. A zodiac delivers your equipment and camping gear and takes the kayaking guide back to Tofino.

Your tour guide stays with your group to set up the overnight camp on one of the beautiful wild beaches. (Instead of paddling you can take the zodiac to get to the island).

The kayaking guide returns this morning to paddle a different route past Stubbs Island back to Tofino with you. Planned for the afternoon is a side trip to Pacific Rim National Park where you hike mysterious trails with boardwalks and stairs in a fairy tale forest of ferns, lichens, mosses and thousand year old trees.

There is more: boutiques and small stores in the charming villages of Ucluelet and Tofino offer crafts and souvenirs made by local artists. You also can join an optional whale and bear watching excursion or surf lessons. Campground in Ucluelet (showers).

Hiking time 1.5 to 4 hours.

On the return trip you will pass through Cathedral Grove with huge over 800 year old cedars and Douglas fir trees, one of them is 9 meters (30 ft) in diameter.

You walk on a network of short rainforest wilderness trails which weave amongst moss and fern blanketed fallen trees. You then travel on the Coastal Highway to Victoria and Vancouver. Arrival at the Vancouver airport hotel late afternoon.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    DEPARTURE DATES 2018TWINSINGLE
    14/ 24 JUN ; 15/ 22 JUL

    12/ 19 AUG ; 09 SEP

     

    $1,978

     

    $2,133

    Prices are per person, including all taxes and any mandatory service charges.

    INCLUSIONS

    • 6 nights accommodation in spacious tents (2 pers/tent)
    • All transfers, transportation in passenger van
    • Meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 7 plus cooking and eating utensils
    • Camping equipment (except sleeping bag)
    • Hard-foam mattress
    • National Park and Camping fees
    • 2 days with kayak and guide
    • Welcome gift
    • Services of bilingual licensed guide who accompanies the group on the day hikes (English or German)

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Personal equipment
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Sleeping bag
    • Light day pack

     

     

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